Migrating to the cloud should never be done simply because it is the “latest and greatest technology.” A lot of effort is required if you want to migrate to the cloud (e.g., will you have to customize your current applications to make them cloud-ready?), and there are innumerable ramifications that result from it (e.g., changing core business processes).
Rather, migrating to the cloud should be a business decision. If migrating to the cloud is good for the business, then it is the right technology for the business. Here are the top three reasons businesses are migrating to the cloud today – take a look, and see how these reasons compare with the needs of your company.
Security Made Simple
You’ll find quite a bit on the Web about “security concerns” when it comes to the cloud. But the truth is, migrating to the cloud can significantly boost your company’s security and overall business resiliency.
Consider all the aspects that are required to ensure security for your infrastructure, platforms, applications, and data. There are policies and procedures, governance and controls, compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS, and patches and maintenance. You have to address physical security needs, identity and access management, and data encryption. Many companies simply don’t have the IT staff or experience to handle all these aspects – and, even if they do, those staff would often be better used by focusing on core business needs, such as how to support the company’s strategic goals.
The cloud can solve this dilemma readily because cloud providers can build all of those security aspects and more into the architecture and service offerings of the cloud itself. Take Sungard Availability Services’ Cloud Services, for example. We’ve architected our cloud infrastructures with high availability options in our Managed Cloud and Managed Private Cloud Services – and all are offered in a staged and secure manner. Not only that, but our Managed Private Cloud and Managed Cloud platforms are built on infrastructures that are fully compliant with PCI-DSS.
Availability, security, and compliance: that’s what the cloud can bring your business … all wrapped up and handed to you on a silver platter.
Scalability at Your Fingertips
Growth is the watchword for any business. Growth can involve new products, new services, new markets, new vendors, new operational processes, new personnel … the list goes on. You need to be able to add more virtual machines (VMs) and more capabilities to handle these types of growth. The problem is, traditional approaches to buying and configuring hardware and software are time consuming. The cloud can help you prepare for all these different kinds of growth by putting complete scalability at your fingertips.
For example, with the cloud, you can spin up and spin down VMs as necessary. And beyond that, the VMs themselves are scalable. VM quantities can be increased and decreased to meet the demands of an application. They can have a large amount of central processing unit (CPU) power, or only a little. They can contain huge blocks of memory, or almost none at all. Each VM can be equipped with a host of different attributes to create a perfect fit for your business needs.
By migrating to the cloud, you are positioning your business to be able to grow with ease, speed, and confidence.
Savings for Your Bottom Line
Let me say upfront, the cloud is not free, and it is not cheap. The old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true even in the rarified atmosphere of the cloud. But, that being said, the cloud often does result in savings – and it always results in better cost control.
The reason, of course, is that with the cloud you move from a capital expenditure (capex) model to an operational expenditure (opex) model. A capex model often requires large investments at uncertain intervals; an opex model is significantly more predictable. Financial considerations, cash flow, and tax ramifications may all influence a company’s decision to make this budgetary shift.
Migrating to the cloud will typically:
- Reduce data center costs. The cloud removes the costs involved in leasing or owning data center space, the cost for the electricity to run and cool IT equipment, and the management costs to ensure that the IT equipment is maintained properly 24/7.
- Reduce hardware and license costs. A data center runs on its hardware and software – both of which require replacement or upgrades at regular intervals. The cloud computing provider becomes responsible for purchasing the hardware, maintaining software licenses, etc.
- Reduce storage costs. With the cloud, it is possible to purchase storage capacity rather than investing in storage devices that require space and maintenance, and which can become obsolete all too quickly.
- Reduce speculation costs. Provisioning of new resources and software applications can be aligned precisely to current business requirements. This means that businesses do not need to pay for services which are not being utilized, unlike conventional computing where enough computing resources to meet peak requirements must be pre-purchased.
Do you want to take advantage of security, scalability, and savings for your business? If so, migrating to the cloud may be the perfect answer!
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